Magazine article Public Finance

United Front Emerges in Courts Dispute

Magazine article Public Finance

United Front Emerges in Courts Dispute

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Senior civil servants have joined the fast-escalating row over a delayed pay deal for magistrates' court staff that could end in strikes during the run-up to Christmas.

Members of the Prospect trade union, who hold a small number of influential managerial and legal posts at magistrates' courts across England and Wales, have been balloted over a one-day strike.

The union claimed that 'negotiations to provide an inflation-proof pay offer had reached deadlock'.

The justices' clerks, senior legal advisers and bench legal managers have joined the larger Public and Commercial Services union in threatening walk-outs that could close vital magistrates' offices.

Public Finance revealed last week that the PCS, which largely represents lower-grade civil servants, believes the Department for Constitutional Affairs' 2005 pay offer to staff is a below-inflation 2.2%, despite the DCAs insistence that it informally offered 3. …

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